Jonathan Riley

Jonathan Riley

Solicitor – admitted 1996

"Jonathan Riley is calm, affable and technically excellent."
Legal 500 2020

"To have this combination of experience and price efficiency is rare and extremely attractive to private families. Jonathan Riley is very charismatic and engaging and has forged a very good name."
Legal 500 2020

"Jonathan Riley is very competent and experienced."
Legal 500 2020

"Jonathan Riley is responsive, commercial pragmatic, bright and easy to work with."
Legal 500 2020

"He is a private client lawyer by training but is someone who can cross over into the corporate and see the bigger picture. He is a very wise man. He is very measured in what he says and comes out with a personal solution. He has an amazing personal touch when it comes to advising people."
"commercial, prompt, sensible, realistic and a pleasure to deal with, …He is just really good at what he does, he is user-friendly and has technical expertise."
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

"Technically very competent, polished and has excellent interpersonal skills"
"The thing I like about Jonathan is that he's commercial - he doesn't go into chapter and verse, he says things in plain English. He's a breath of fresh air."
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"At the top of his field. He's a good listener, he empathises well and explains complex things in an easy to understand manner. He gives clients a lot of confidence."
Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2017

"Technically excellent and gets to the nub of the issue quickly."
Legal 500 2016

"Jonathan is highly intelligent and efficient. He is able to process highly complex information and come up with quick, workable solutions."
Chambers 2017

"Very responsive, capable and commercial."
Legal 500 2015

"City standard advice"
Legal 500 2015

"A private client man, through and through."


Jonathan leads the Private Wealth team.

Jonathan joined Michelmores in 2006, having trained and worked as a commercial lawyer before focussing on private wealth matters in each case with leading City firms.

Jonathan advises wealthy individuals and families in connection with the structuring of their private wealth. He specialises in trusts, estate planning and the mitigation of inheritance tax and capital gains tax for wealthy individuals. He provides tax advice to both UK and non-UK domiciled clients, and a large proportion of his work has an international element. Jonathan works closely with private wealth lawyers in the business department, providing personal tax and estate planning advice for directors, shareholders, and entrepreneurs.

Jonathan is a trustee of many settlements (including a number of landed estates). He advises trustees of other trusts as well as guiding offshore fiduciaries in connection with a variety of UK-facing elements.

Jonathan sits on the Society for Trust and Estates Practitioners 'Families in Business' Steering Committee. He is also a member of the International Bar Association, and in 2013 was recognised in the Citywealth 2013 'Leaders List'.

Recent Experience

  • Providing guidance to non-UK resident trustees as to how they should structure their investments to minimise the UK tax exposure for UK resident beneficiaries.
  • Working with a large business-owning UK family to agree a family constitution that sets out a collective understanding of succession and control over their family's assets.
  • Advising a UK resident property portfolio owning family in their creation of a non-UK vehicle for investing in US real-estate.  Providing the UK tax and ownership advice and coordinating with US advisers on US tax and structuring elements.

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